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Alliant's Institutional Diversity Plan

Approved in 2006 by the Alliant Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, Staff Council, and Academic Council.

Institutional/Environmental Issues

General Issues: A multiculturally and internationally competent institution of higher education is defined as an institution in which there is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that foster community, and reflect and value cultural and international diversity, awareness, knowledge, and skills at all levels of the institution for all constituencies within the institution. Given that diversity, inclusion, social justice, and civic responsibility are essential to the effective practice of all the disciplines taught at Alliant International University, the University fosters the following values, beliefs and guiding principles:

  • Respect. We respect and value diverse ways of learning, knowing, and accomplishing goals.
  • Dialogue and Engagement. We can foster individual and collective growth and adaptation by listening to many voices, re-examining assumptions, and working through conflict.
  • Partnership. We can generate better solutions and increase our chances of success by collaborating across differences.
  • Continuous Learning. A major component of effectiveness is the extent to which we can continuously expand our knowledge and awareness both individually and collectively.
  • Responsibility. Each of us benefits when we take responsibility, personally and collectively, for building a more inclusive community.
  • Humility. No one person or perspective has the whole answer.
  • Commitment. Building inclusion is a long-term process and requires ongoing commitment.

Specific Institutional/Environmental Objectives:

  • Maintain an institutional culture/climate at all levels that reflects and is vigilant and sensitive to the dynamics of cultural difference.
  • Recruit and retain diverse faculty, students, staff and administrators, and members of the Board of Trustees.
  • Allocate sufficient resources to support our multicultural and international mission.
  • Develop new networks and contacts in groups and nation states for teaching, professional practice and research that allow members to branch out beyond their initial groups of reference.
  • Provide in all Schools/Centers, and programs education and training that prepares students to deliver professional services to multicultural populations.
  • Provide guidelines, standards, policies, and evaluative tools for integrating and assessing the effectiveness of multicultural and international education, training, and development throughout the institution.
  • Provide ongoing professional development and training for administration, faculty, and staff in multicultural and international issues.
  • Maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect between groups and constituencies, acknowledging the dimensions of power and its intersection with culture and status.
  • Integrate the economic, social, and political influences on multicultural and international populations and professional practice throughout curricula in the institution.

Multicultural and International Competencies for Faculty, Staff & Students

Competencies That Apply to Faculty, Staff and Students:

  • A positive, pro-active and non-judgmental attitude towards diverse cultural and /international identities and in their interpersonal and professional interactions.
  • A multicultural skill set for understanding oneself and being able to successfully navigate intercultural transactions.
  • The ability to engage effectively in difficult dialogues about multicultural and international issues.

Competencies That Apply to Faculty and Students:

  • Ability to transfer and apply insights from one’s group, region or nation-state and culture to another to create knowledge and understanding in areas of professional practice.
  • Have general knowledge of various local and international cultures as it relates to one’s own field to include: cultural differences and similarities, the dimensions of privilege and power, identity, social and political issues, communication and personal expression.
    • Understanding of at least two cultures, preferably covering at least two countries.
    • Understanding of problems and issues related to race, gender, social class, etc. within the two cultures.
  • Demonstrate an ability to conceptualize and deliver culturally competent professional services in their respective areas to diverse populations.
  • Faculty/students should be able to show respect, affirmation and adaptability to diverse cultures and nationalities with which they interact.
  • Faculty and students should be able to communicate effectively regarding multicultural and international issues.
  • [Desired/Aspirational] Faculty and students should demonstrate skills and abilities in a second language; one of the two languages should be Alliant’s language of instruction.

Competencies Applying Primarily to Faculty:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with a different world view, and demonstrate skills, awareness and knowledge in teaching, international content, and settings.
  • Understand and model multiculturalism and respect for international perspectives in their interactions, teaching, professional practice and research.

Competencies Applying Primarily to Staff:

  • Be able to recognize that different cultural styles exist and should be taken into account when working with culturally different student, staff, and faculty populations.
  • Be able to demonstrate customer service skills in dealing effectively with multicultural/international communities.